Middle Aged

Publication Title: 
Annals of agricultural and environmental medicine: AAEM

Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic and difficult to treat condition which negatively affects the patient's quality of life. Frustrated and unsatisfied with the conventional therapies, psoriatic patients start looking for alternative treatment which they believe to be safe and effective. Very common traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) appears to offer various topical and systemic herbal preparations, as well as massages, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle alternations.

Author(s): 
Pietrzak, Aldona
Bartosińska, Joanna
Dreiher, Jacob
Szepietowski, Jacek C.
Gawlik-Dziki, Urszula
Maciejewski, Ryszard
Podhorecka, Monika
Chodorowska, Grażyna
Publication Title: 
Clinical Interventions in Aging

BACKGROUND: This study investigated the clinical efficacy of electroacupuncture (EA) in inhibiting upper-extremity spasticity in chronic stroke patients, and also in mapping a unique preliminary acupoint-selection protocol. METHODS: Fifteen patients were divided into two groups: patients in the control group (n=6) received minimal acupuncture (MA), and those in the experimental group (n=9) received EA.

Author(s): 
Wang, Bi-Huei
Lin, Chien-Lin
Li, Te-Mao
Lin, Shih-Din
Lin, Jaung-Geng
Chou, Li-Wei
Publication Title: 
Hong Kong Medical Journal = Xianggang Yi Xue Za Zhi / Hong Kong Academy of Medicine

Electroacupuncture is a safe treatment for chronic neck pain. Nonetheless, one month after treatment, improvement of neck pain is similar to that in placebo-treated controls. This suggests that the efficacy may not be due to specific effect of the treatment procedure.

Author(s): 
Zhang, S. P.
Chiu, T. T. W.
Chiu, S. N.
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The Korean Journal of Gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
Author(s): 
Hwang, Eui Tae
Cho, Jae Hee
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Neuroscience: The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience

Placebo analgesia is an indicator of how efficiently the brain translates psychological signals conveyed by a treatment procedure into pain relief. It has been demonstrated that functional connectivity between distributed brain regions predicts placebo analgesia in chronic back pain patients. Greater network efficiency in baseline brain networks may allow better information transfer and facilitate adaptive physiological responses to psychological aspects of treatment.

Author(s): 
Hashmi, Javeria Ali
Kong, Jian
Spaeth, Rosa
Khan, Sheraz
Kaptchuk, Ted J.
Gollub, Randy L.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To compare the curative effects of heat-sensitive moxibustion with conventional drugs on chronic persistent asthma and seek a valuable therapy to replace Western Medicine. METHODS: The participants in this multi-center, randomized, and controlled study were randomly divided into two groups: group A (n=144), treated with heat-sensitive moxibustion (50 sessions) and group B (n=144), treated with Seretide (salmeterol 50 plg/fluticasone 250 pg, twice a day).

Author(s): 
Chen, Rixin
Chen, Mingren
Xiong, Jun
Chi, Zhenhai
Zhang, Bo
Tian, Ning
Xu, Zhenhua
Zhang, Tangfa
Li, Wanyao
Zhang, Wei
Rong, Xiaofeng
Wang, Zhen
Sun, Gang
Ge, Baohe
Yu, Guoxiong
Song, Nanchang
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To observe the influence of moxibustion temperature on blood lipids, endothelin-1 (ET-1), nitric oxide (NO), and ET-1/NO in hyperlipidemia patients. METHODS: Forty-two primary hyperlipidemia patients were randomly divided into two groups of 21 and treated with moxibustion at different temperatures. Moxibustion was performed with the moxa roll 2.5-3.0 cm from the skin in the treatment group and 4 cm in the control group, 10 min per point, once every other day. Skin temperature was precisely measured with a thermometer during moxibustion.

Author(s): 
Ye, Xianfeng
Zhang, Huifang
Publication Title: 
Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation: An Official Publication of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, Saudi Arabia

Rhabdomyolysis is usually caused by muscle injury, drugs or alcohol and presents with muscle weakness and pain. It is characterized by rise in serum creatine kinase, aminotransferases and electrolytes as well as myoglobinuria. Myoglobinuria may cause acute kidney injury by direct proximal tubule cytotoxicity, renal vasoconstriction, intraluminal cast formation and distal tubule obstruction. Muscle pain and weakness as well as vascular injury have been reported after acupuncture. We report a case of severe rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney injury after acupuncture sessions.

Author(s): 
Papasotiriou, Marios
Betsi, Grigoria
Tsironi, Maria
Assimakopoulos, Georgios
Publication Title: 
Journal of Hematology & Oncology

BACKGROUND: This single-arm study evaluated feasibility, safety, and initial efficacy of electroacupuncture for thalidomide/bortezomib-induced peripheral neuropathy (PN) in cancer patients with multiple myeloma. METHODS: Patients with neuropathy ≥ grade 2 received 20 acupuncture treatments over 9 weeks. RESULTS: For the 19 evaluable patients, Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy/Gynecological Oncology Group-Neurotoxicity (FACT/GOG/NTX) mean (SD) scores improved significantly between baseline and week 13 (20.8 [9.6] vs 13.2 [8.5], p = 0.0002).

Author(s): 
Garcia, M. Kay
Cohen, Lorenzo
Guo, Ying
Zhou, Yuhong
You, Bing
Chiang, Joseph
Orlowski, Robert Z.
Weber, Donna
Shah, Jatin
Alexanian, Raymond
Thomas, Sheeba
Romaguera, Jorge
Zhang, Liang
Badillo, Maria
Chen, Yiming
Wei, Qi
Lee, Richard
Delasalle, Kay
Green, Vivian
Wang, Michael
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of an acupuncture regimen for persistent allergic rhinitis (PER), aimed at improving a patient's mind or Shen in Traditional Chinese Medicine, to that of a second-generation Hi-receptor antagonist, cetirizine hydrochloride. METHODS: This multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical trial on PER will be conducted at three institutions in China. The total study period will be 9 weeks.

Author(s): 
Wang, Yanping
Chen, Sheng
Wang, Peng
Tan, Cheng
Zhang, Chang
Shi, Zhihong
Zhao, Jiping

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